Minister on the Town

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Marcus Jones and Town Team meeting businesses in Falmouth
Marcus Jones and Town Team meeting businesses in Falmouth

The Government’s Minister for High Streets was in Falmouth this week.

Marcus Jones MP, Under-Secretary of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG), visited the Falmouth Town Team, to learn about the projects being delivered to support the town’s businesses.

The Minister’s visit also had a focus on the Business Improvement District (BID) scene in Cornwall.

With eight BIDs now operating in towns and areas of the county, they represent and support over 3,500 businesses, but the Falmouth Town Team is the first such private/public town management partnership in Cornwall.

Falmouth BID manager, Richard Wilcox, said: “It was great to welcome Marcus Jones and members of his department from the DCLG to Falmouth and Cornwall.

“It gave us the opportunity to showcase our terrific town, highlight the importance of working in partnership and demonstrate how it has enabled many exciting projects, more festivals and marketing campaigns to be delivered.”

Jones added: “Falmouth is a great example of retailers, the Town Council, the Business Improvement District and the community working together to deliver a plan to make the town a success.

“They’ve realised that the high street has changed beyond all recognition in recent years and have looked at doing things differently by creating a vibrant, thriving destination. Many other areas could learn from Falmouth’s winning formula.”